"The Decision Of The Court Is A Victory For Freedom Of Expression"

"THE DECISION OF THE COURT IS A VICTORY FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION"

Azg Armenian Daily
20/06/2008

European Court of Human Rights

The decision of the European Court of Human Rights brings an end to
the long drawn-out saga about the refusal of the Armenian authorities
to award a broadcasting license to the A1+ television station", is
written in the statement by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the
Council of Europe, on the judgment by the European Court of Human
Rights on the case of Armenian television A1+.

"The decision comes after numerous calls from different bodies of the
Council of Europe have been ignored by the Armenian authorities. All
member states of the Council of Europe are legally bound to comply with
the European Convention on Human Rights. They should do so without
being reminded of their responsibilities by the European Court of
Human Rights. The decision of the Court is a victory for freedom
of expression. It should also serve as a lesson to all governments
inclined to arbitrary interpretations of Article 10 of the European
Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees this essential freedom".

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